LOS ANGELES -- The results of an autopsy on the exhumed body of electrocuted killer John Spenkelink were to be announced today by the coroner's office.
Spenkelink was executed in Florida 2 years ago.
His body was ordered exhumed and an autopsy conducted Wednesday because the dead man's mother believed he was murdered before his execution.
Coroner Thomas Noguchi called a 1 p.m. PST news conference to release the results.
The killer's mother, Lois Spenkelink, was convinced by a self-styled evangelist that her son may have been tortured or killed to keep him from making a deathbed statement linking Florida officials to drug trafficking.
'I don't know how long it's going to take, but I hope they can find something,' Mrs. Spenkelink said Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses to the May 25, 1979 electrocution have said Spenkelink was alive when venetian blinds were opened to reveal the condemned man strapped to the electric chair.
Two weeks ago evangelist Warren Folks arrived at Mrs. Spenkelink's Buena Park, Calif., home and has been staying with her since.
Mrs. Spenkelink said the 60-year-old evangelical preacher told her she could win a $1 million suit against the state of Florida and give the money to his Conservative Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Fla. She is paying for the exhumation and autopsy.
Folks maintains Spenkelink was silenced in a conspiracy to keep him from implicating Florida officials in drug dealings.
'It's a conspiracy to keep John's mouth shut,' Folks said.
Spenkelink, who was convicted of killing a hitchhiker during a drinking bout in a Tallahassee motel room, was buried in Whittier, Calif., and his body was exhumed Monday.